How do I care for my Jostaberry?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 09 December 2014 02:57 PM

Jostaberry plants produce more tolerant than many fruits of their site and soil conditions. They like a rich, moist well drained soil, but not waterlogged. Their ideal position is in full , but will tolerate partial shade. Avoid frost pockets, as the flowers can be damaged by a late frost which will result in a lower yield of fruit. They prefer a slightly acidic soil of around pH 6 to 6.5 but will grow well on most normal soils. 

Dig the soil to a spade's depth before planting incorporating well rotted garden compost. Where compost is not available , add a handful of of bonemeal per square metre. Immediately after planting cut back all shoots to two buds above soil level to encourage strong root and shoot growth. Keep the plant well watered in dry spells especially when the fruits are forming.

Do not prune the plants in the first winter after planting. In the second and subsequent winters remove any damaged , diseased shoots and any that are crossing over each other. Them trim away 20% of the central part of the plant to leave the centre more open. Finally, remove about 15% of the remaining old wood

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